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  • I’m studying in the US. Can I stay in America after I finish my degree?

    It’s possible to stay in the US under certain circumstances. We take a closer look at two options – OPT and H-1B

    Most international students studying in the US have been granted entry into the country on an F-1 visa. This visa allows students to attend college, university, conservatory, high school, elementary school, and seminary or language school in the US. If you are studying in the US on an F-1 visa, once the study program is finished, you will have 60 days to depart the country, get a new visa or otherwise validate your stay in the country.

    If you would like to stay in the US after you have completed your program, the first possibility you should consider is the Optional Practice Training (OPT) program.

    Optional Practical Training (OPT)

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    OPT is a program that allows international students to work in the US after their graduation, and gain practical experience.  Students with F-1 visas may apply for 12 months of OPT after each level of education complete. For instance, after completing their bachelor education, students can apply for 12 months of OPT, and then for another 12 months after the completion of their master degree. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates have the option to extend their program by 17 months (to total 29 months).

    While you participate in your OPT program, you do not need a new visa. OPT program participants are treated as F-1 status holders.

    H-1B Speciality Occupations

    Another option available to you is to change your visa status to H-1B by applying for an interim OPT phase before H-1B, or to apply for H-1B directly from F-1.

    H-1B Specialty Occupations is a non-immigrant visa that gives graduates temporary employment authorization in high-skilled occupations. H-1B applicants are required to have specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher (or its equivalent). Most H-1B jobs are in industries such as science, engineering, and information technology. Under this visa you are allowed to work in the US for initial period of three years, and you may apply for an extension which, if your application is successful, will entitled you to a further three years in the US.

    Here are some useful tips on how to get started

    Start early

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    Plan ahead and try to secure a job or an internship as soon as possible so you have time to prepare all of the required documents. You can even start looking before your graduation, and by doing this you can be sure that you have explored all available options.

    Choose your start day wisely

    You are allowed to choose your OPT start date. Keep in mind that with OPT status you can stay in the US for 90 days while unemployed, and the 12-month work period begins on the start date you choose on your application.


    Building connections is also very important when you are looking for an internship or a job. You never know how the person you met yesterday can help you in finding the perfect job tomorrow. Therefore, go out, attend different events, and make connections that may turn out to be very effective.

    Attend career forums

    Career forums can be quite useful so give them a chance! You will get to meet people representing different companies and sectors, and you can be introduced to other people that can offer you exactly what you have been looking for.

  • Internship interview tips

    The end of the school year is just a few weeks away so if you are thinking about starting a summer internship now it’s a good time to start looking for one.

    First thing you need to do is check on the Internet, your university or at a local employment bureau to get a general idea of what’s being offered on the market. When you find something that interests you, don’t hesitate and send your documents. Your resume is the first chance to show an employer that you’ve got the skills and experience that they need.
    It’s your job to make sure it is up-to-date. It would be beneficial if you ask an old employer or a teacher to write you a recommendation. It won’t take long and it will increase your chances.

    When asked for an interview you have to make sure you are well prepared for the meeting, nothing ruins your chances like a bad interview. First impressions play a major role in how you are being perceived by the employer. Don’t be late! Make sure you look nice and clean. When meeting with the interviewer put on your best smile and present yourself. Offer to hand shake, this is a sign of good etiquette. Be confident and show an open body language. What this means is that you shouldn’t cross your arms and legs, this can only make you look bored and reserved. Look towards the person in front of you, eye contact is very important. Don’t just stand there looking around the room, this will show lack of interest and disrespect. Interviewers tend to begin the interview with an open question like “Tell me something about yourself” or “How would you describe yourself” – being an international student you can start by saying something about where you are from; why did you come to the US and why did you choose the major you have chosen; concentrate on the qualities you have that will make you suitable for the position you are applying for, but remember that your answers have to be short and concise, you are not the only applicant for the job and the interviewer may have further interviews to hold.

    Another question that you should be prepared in advance for is “What do you know about our company” or “Why do you want to have an internship in our company”. You should always research the company and position you are interviewing for in advance of the meeting, you should always be prepared and know about the company and its history. Check out the company’s website, recent achievements or awards and positions on the market, any charity work they do. Recent articles written about them.

    Another common interview question is “What qualities do you have that match our requirements for the internship?” – This is a very direct question and very important one. Explain how your academic and previous experience meets their needs; add any additional qualities you may possess that will be beneficial to the position, for example “I’m a very open person and work really well in a team; I’ve worked with clients before and understand the approach a person should have when working with people; My academic achievements will be very helpful for the job, I’ve been taking classes and courses in that field, which gives me the necessary knowledge to understand what I am selling and how it meets the customer’s needs”

    Keep in mind that you should always remain involved. Don’t let it be one way conversation, but also don’t interrupt. When asked about the salary – know your price. This question always makes people nervous, you should research the average salary for similar roles in advance of the interview. Websites such as provide an overall indication of what company employees earn.

    And one more thing – think about what you are going to say before you answer, stuttering and not well-thought answers can ruin your chances of securing the internship.

    Put on your best smile and be confident!

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    Sprintax is hiring Sales and Marketing intern in Chicago

    Looking for the greatest internship ever? Apply now!

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  • Last minute internship tips

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    Find your last minute internship following a few simple rules

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